Are You A Reflective Teacher?

A Reflective Teacher is always trying to get better.

The profession of teaching is challenging, and it is important that teachers take a few minutes to evaluate their work. Being a Reflective Teacher is a way for us to analyze and evaluate our own practices so we can focus on what works. It is a valuable process so we can make improvements in our teaching strategies where necessary. Perhaps the hardest part is coming up with the right questions to ask.  Here are a few suggestions to get your started.

Lesson Objectives

  • Was the lesson too easy or too difficult for the students?
  • Did the students understand what was being taught?
  • Was there anything that happened that surprised you?

Materials

  • What materials in the lesson worked/did not work in the lesson?
  • Are there materials or resources that might work better next time?
  • Did the materials keep the students engaged in the lesson?

Classroom Management

  • Were the students participating?
  • Were my instructions clear?
  • Was pacing of the lesson appropriate?
  • Were students aware of classroom expectations?

Teacher

  • From 1-10 (10 being highest) how effective was the overall lesson?
  • How could I make the lesson a 10 next time?
  • Did the lesson assessment adequately reflect student learning?
  • How was my overall delivery of the lesson?

Students

  • What part of the lesson were the kids most engaged/less engaged?
  • Were students on task?

The result of self-reflection is to improve the way you teach.  Why not take a few minutes each day to make a difference.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well. 

Isn’t education All about reaching the kids in the classroom and at home?